Today in History: Metro opening in Paris in 1900

Today in History: Metro opening in Paris in 1900

118 years ago today, the first Paris Metro Line was inaugurated. The underground transit system had eight stations that linked the eastern and western city districts. The event coincided with the 1900 Paris World’s Fair. The Metro entrances were designed by French architect Hector Guimard in Art Nouveau style. 86 of the original entrances are still in existence today.

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Today is Bastille Day!

Today is Bastille Day!

Bastille Day is a national holiday in France, celebrated annually on July 14. It is quite similar to the Independence Day festivities in the United States. The Bastille was a stronghold built in Paris in the 14th century. In fact, the word “bastille” means “fortress” in French. During his reign, Louis XVI used it as a prison and the structure became a symbol of his power. In 1789, rioters stormed the Bastille and proceeded to demolish it. It was an act of rebellion and marked the beginning of the French Revolution. Today, the French celebrate Bastille Day and their independence with parties, parades, and festivals. Uncork a bottle of French wine or dine at a French restaurant to join in the fun!

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Today in History: Jules Cheret born in 1836

Today in History: Jules Cheret born in 1836

182 years ago today, French painter and lithographer, Jules Cheret, was born in Paris. Cheret became a master of Belle Epoque poster art and is often called the father of the modern poster.

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Today in History: The Eiffel Tower was completed in 1889

Today in History: The Eiffel Tower was completed in 1889

Happy Birthday, La Tour Eiffel, the global icon of Paris. 129 years ago today, the construction of the 324 m (1024 feet) Eiffel Tower was completed.

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Today in History: Opening of the Paris World’s Fair of 1867

Today in History: Opening of the Paris World’s Fair of 1867

150 years ago today, Emperor Napoleon III opened the Paris International Exposition, the second world’s fair to be held in Paris (after 1855). 42 nations took part in the fair; 15 million visitors attended. The Palace of Industry, built on the Champ-de-Mars, the great military parade ground of Paris, became the exhibition’s landmark as it was transformed into a 40,000 square meters exhibition hall. Many technical innovations were shown, such as the hydraulic elevator, which was presented to the public for the first time.

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Today on History: David Klein born in 1918

Happy Birthday, David Klein ! The American advertising designer would have turned 99 today! Klein is probably best known for his iconic travel posters he created for Trans World Airlines (TWA) during the 1950s and 1960s. His work has vastly grown in popularity during the last decade but many of his original posters are still available at affordable prices in today’s market. Klein passed away in December 2005 in New York.

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Today on History: The Eiffel Tower was completed in 1889

Today on History: The Eiffel Tower was completed in 1889

Happy Birthday, La Tour Eiffel, the global icon of Paris. 127 years ago today, the construction of the 324 m (1024 feet) Eiffel Tower was completed.

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